Boston Terrier

Non-Sporting Group

Boston Terrier sitting in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

15-17 in

Weight

12-25 lbs

Life Expectancy

11-13 yrs

History

The Boston Terrier originated in Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 1800's. Dog fighting was popular in England around this time, leading many people to breed bulldogs with tenacious terriers. The result of one of these crosses, a bulldog to a now-extinct white English Terrier, resulted in a dog named Judge. Judge was sold to an American man from Boston, who sold Judge again to a man named Robert Hooper. Hooper bred Judge to a small female dog, thus beginning the refinement of the Boston Terrier. Over time, French Bulldogs and other breeds were added to the mix to create the sweet, gentle, small Boston Terrier we know today.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Boston Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★★★

★☆

★★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Lively, affectionate, friendly, and goofy

Prone to flatulence, drooling, snoring, and snorting

Generally get along with other pets and children that have been taught how to interact with dogs

Males can be territorial, especially with other male dogs

Can be stubborn and they respond best to firm, consistent, kind training that uses positive reinforcement